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RICHMOND, Va. -- The trial against Richmond Fire Battalion Chief Tina Watkins was continued in General District Court Friday because of a motion filed by the defense.

Watkins is charged with assault after she allegedly struck a male firefighter at fire station 23 on Labrook Concourse.

In court, her defense attorney filed for a protective order asking the court to seal several documents they had subpoenaed from the alleged victim in the case.  The protective order was signed by the victim's attorney as well.  The judge granted the motion, so neither side can discuss what the documents are or what they contain.

Watkins is charged with misdemeanor assault, which is punishable by up to 12 months in jail if convicted.

Watkins, her attorney, and the prosecutor declined to comment because of the pending trial.  Watkins will appear in court again on Sept. 29.